Post-employment restrictions in turbulent times

Clare Fowler, Associate at Berry Smith Lawyers, considers the future challenges for businesses if employees decide to leave to work for a competing business or to set up their own in competition.

The last year has seen fundamental changes for most businesses in dealing with the challenges presented by the pandemic and having to make adaptations to normal business practices. Equally, the lives of many employees have changed substantially as a consequence of new working conditions.

As an Employer, What Changes Do I Need to Make as of April 2021?


April 2021 will be an important month for both employers and us as employment lawyers, with a number of changes to the law being implemented. 

IR35 and off-payroll rules

As of 6th April 2021, medium and large private sector organisations which engage workers through personal service companies (PSCs) will have to assess the individual’s employment status for tax purposes. Currently, this rule only applies to organisations within the public sector.

How do I deal with my financial affairs if I get divorced?

How do I deal with my financial affairs if I get divorced?

When a relationship breaks down a couple’s minds will often turn to the question of how their property, and income, will be divided upon separation. However, there is no requirement for you to do so and, if you choose, matters can be left undetermined.

However, family solicitors will generally advise clients to deal with such matters sooner, rather than later. The following are some common issues that arise from delay in resolving financial arrangements after divorce

Berry Smith Has Advised on The Sale of Bridgend-Based Customised Sheet Metal Limited to The Management Team.

Berry Smith is delighted to have advised Malcolm Pearce and Jonathan Templar on their sale of Bridgend-based Customised Sheet Metal Limited to the management team.

Customised Sheet Metal owned by Malcolm and Jonathan, was founded in 1992 and since then has gained the expertise and experience to be able to deliver bespoke and seamless metal fabrications to many businesses.

Do You Carry Out Regular Equality and Diversity Training?


Whilst most employers appreciate the importance of providing training for members of staff, the question is, how often should training be provided? For example, is it enough for employers to provide equality and diversity training once, during an induction? Or should regular training be undertaken?